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    NEDA cites role of media in creating child-sensitive environment by Rutchie Cabahug-Aguhob Cagayan de Oro City (31
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      NEDA cites role of media in creating child-sensitive environment

      by Rutchie Cabahug-Aguhob <mailto:trends_enewsdigest@...>

      Cagayan de Oro City (31 January) -- Some journalists still use
      judgemental words such as "drunk", "epileptic", "fugitive", "escapees",
      "rugby addicts," etc. to describe children.

      In fact, just this week, a local newspaper came out with a story of a
      woman, still considered a child because of her mental condition, who
      died due to bee stings.

      The writer spelled out the name of the victim (who was alleged to be
      "sexually abused" when swamped by the bees) and those of her mother and
      abuser, plus a description of where it happened.

      What the writer has done only corroborates the findings of a study done
      by the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) on the Philippine media's
      adherence to the guidelines in covering cases about children, that the
      confidentiality of the victim's name and other information had been
      breached.

      "Per guidelines promulgated by the Dept. of Justice (DOJ) in 1999, the
      media should adhere to the highest ethical and professional standards in
      reporting and covering cases involving children," Regional Director Myra
      V. Balandra of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA),
      region 10, said.

      FULL ARTICLE AT:
      http://www.pia.gov.ph/default.asp?m=12&r=&y=&mo=&fi=p080131.htm&no=15



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